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St. Francis of Assisi

About Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi was born around 1181 A.D. He was born to a wealthy cloth merchant named, Pietro di Bernardone and his wife, Pica. Pica had her son baptized Giovanni di Bernardone after St. John the Baptist. His father however, referred to St. Francis as Francesco. Saint Francis Assisi was one of seven children.

Saint Francis of Assisi Taken Prisoner

Saint Francis of Assisi joined a military expedition in 1201 against Perugia. He was captured and imprisoned at Collestrada for a year. When he was released from prison, Saint Francis returned to Assisi to a life of pleasure.

St Francis Assisi Patron Saint

Saint Francis of Assisi Became Ill

Saint Francis of Assisi became seriously ill in 1204 which led him to question his spirituality. When he recovered, St. Francis joined the army of the Count of Brienne. He had a vision which opened his eyes to spirituality.

Saint Francis Changes His Lifestyle

After Saint Francis of Assisi had his spiritual visions, he avoided sports, drinking, and time with his friends. They joked with him, asking if he was planning on getting married and he replied, yes, a fairer bride than any of you have ever seen". Saint Francis of Assisi was referring to “lady poverty”. He spent numerous hours alone, praying for enlightenment. Saint Francis began caring for lepers and for the poor. Eventually, Saint Francis of Assisi has a vision of Jesus Christ while he was in the San Damiano Church. Jesus spoke to him saying, “Francis, Francis, go and repair My house which, as you can see, is falling into ruins".

Saint Francis of Assisi Founded the Franciscan Order

Saint Francis began living strictly by the words of Matthew 10:9 where Jesus tells his followers to go spread His word and take no money, food, or other possessions with them. Saint Francis of Assissi gave up all his possessions and devoted himself to the ways of Jesus.

Saint Francis of Assissi wore rough clothes, went barefoot, and preached repentance. Followers began to travel with him and they lived simple lives, wandering the mountains of Umbria preaching. Pope Innocent III allowed Saint Francis to establish the new order of the Franciscans.

Saint Francis of Assisi Popular Today

Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most popular saints today. The prayer of St. Francis of Assisi is often sung during Catholic masses. Children also relate to Saint Francis, bringing their pets to the Blessing of the Animals on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

Many Catholics wear a Saint Francis Assisi medal or a Saint Francis Assisi pendant, honoring St. Francis for his work with the sick and the poor. A Saint Francis Assisi necklace is a reminder to Catholics to continue the work of Jesus Christ here on earth just as St. Francis did.

St Francis Assisi Medal Pendant

St. Francis of Assisi


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